Formal Winter Wedding at Mount Juliet | Esias & Sheena

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Working with Esias and Sheena to plan their wedding with a theme focused on a winter wedding at Mount Juliet was a delight and turned out beautifully! After hearing about the proposal from Sheena, I knew we had to match the romance and personality of this wonderful couple. My suggestion for the venue was Mount Juliet, which I have featured in a previous post highlighting the top 10 country house wedding venues in Ireland, but the bride initially had her mind set on a few other locations which ended up being unavailable. In the end, after seeing Mount Juliet, she agreed that it was a great location that checked all the boxes she was looking for – being close to Dublin, available accommodations for guests, food options, etc.

To describe a bit more about why I suggested Mount Juliet, it is nestled within the verdant Irish countryside, it is a breathtaking wedding venue that offers an idyllic setting at a majestic Georgian Manor house, set on a sprawling 500-acre estate. The bride described to me that she had always dreamt of a winter wedding and this venue seamlessly blends historic elegance with modern luxury, providing an enchanting backdrop for the ultimate fairy-tale winter wedding. Surrounded by meticulously landscaped gardens, ancient woodlands, and the tranquil River Nore, Mount Juliet is the epitome of romance and charm.

After walking down the aisle lined by beautiful floral arrangements, one touch which made the decor of the reception area stunning was a large hanging centerpiece. As described by the bride, “the room felt like a fairy-tale as a result of the intricate and magnificent floral arrangement. It was the most stunning arrangement I’ve ever seen and added a real wow factor.”

As for the rest of the wedding day decor, she expressed to me that she wanted a theme of a wintery wedding which included white florals and an abundance of greenery with navy and gold accents throughout highlighted by flickering candlelight. This idea was at the forefront during the planning process and I was able to incorporate a medley of white roses and lilies interspersed amongst the many different fragrant white blossoms, the lush greenery adds depth and texture, creating a harmonious balance between vibrant colours and verdant foliage. The floral arrangements were further illuminated by hanging candle votives, their warm, flickering glow casting a soft, romantic light that danced across the flowers and leaves.

The hanging centerpiece and other design elements created an ambiance of a warm, wintery wedding and were not only an awe-inspiring centerpiece but also a testament to the love and commitment shared by the couple on their unforgettable day.

The reception was not only beautifully decorated, but the guests had a great time listening to speeches, eating dinner, listening to a live band, and the night even featured the first dance sung by the Bride’s Uncle. While Mount Juliet wasn’t the bride’s first choice, she admitted that the other venues not being available were a blessing in disguise as the wedding went well, the location provided a stunning backdrop, and everyone had a great time.

Slán go Fóill,


Photo Credits: Under the Veil, Mount Juliet

9 Proposal Ideas for your Engagement in Ireland

With all of the beautiful and breathtaking backdrops on the Emerald Isle, opportunities to pop the big question abound. Whether you opt for a historic castle, a natural wonder, or a quaint village, your engagement is destined to be memorable and meaningful. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some proposal ideas for your engagement in Ireland:

Private Tour

The Dublin Castle is a historic landmark in the heart of Dublin. Arranging a private tour or visiting during a quieter time could be an incredible lead up to a very regal and special proposal.

Watch the Sunset (or Sunrise!)

Our beautiful island has no shortage of gorgeous sunsets and sunrises. Take your partner to Giant’s Causeway, a unique geological destination and a magical place. Proposing here as the sun sets or rises would be an incredibly memorable moment for both of you.

Romantic Stay

Plan a romantic visit to Ashford Castle. This luxurious hotel in County Mayo offers a fairytale setting. You could propose in the castle’s gardens or by the lakeside.

Plan a Picnic

The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher provide a dramatic backdrop for a proposal. You could plan a private picnic and pop the question against the stunning coastal views.

Scenic Drive

The scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry offers numerous picturesque spots for a proposal, from lakeshores to rolling hills.

Take a Ferry

Taking a ferry to one of the Aran Islands and proposing against the backdrop of rugged landscapes and traditional Irish culture could be a unique and intimate experience.

Reflect in a Garden

The serenity of a garden can offer an invaluable moment to reflect on your love before making it official. Try Kylemore Abbey. The abbey and its Victorian-walled garden create a serene and romantic ambiance. Another option would be Kilkenny Castle. The historic castle and its surrounding gardens will preface your proposal with indubitable charm. You might even consider organising a private event for your special moment.

Scenic Hike

Imagine the tranquility of serene lakes and lush greenery. Glendalough, an ancient monastic settlement, is surrounded by both and offers a handful of picturesque viewpoints, perfect for a proposal.

Visit the Coast

Choosing a spot along the coast could make for a dreamy proposal.  Known for its stunning coastal views, charming villages and rugged landscapes, Dingle Peninsula would be an ideal coastal destination.

Now that you have a handful of proposal ideas for your engagement in Ireland, you might want to prepare for what’s next. I’ve got you covered. Read more here: The First Things to Do After Getting Engaged When Planning a Destination Wedding.

Remember, as with every engagement, you’ll want to consider the personality and preferences of your partner, but no matter where you find yourself in our beautiful country, follow your heart and your proposal will be absolutely perfect. And if you need a little more guidance, we can always help you plan it!

Slán go Fóill,


Images by Barry McCall, Aspect Photography, Eric Kelley, Lisa O’Dwyer Photography

Westport House Romance: Laura and Henry’s Winter White Wedding

When it’s time to plan a wedding, some couples have no idea where to start. That wasn’t the case for Laura and Henry! Newly engaged, the couple knew exactly where they wanted to say their vows: Westport House. Not only is the venue family-owned, but it is a historical country house in County Mayo on Ireland’s west coast. The Georgian-era estate is home to lush gardens, three romantic venues and rests prominently on the shores of Clew Bay. Laura and Henry knew they could have the perfect winter white wedding at Westport House.

Even though the couple grew up mere minutes away from each other, it wasn’t until a chance meeting at the local pub that they were introduced. They talked about their hobbies (Henry plays the saxophone) and their careers (Laura is a doctor). As their love story goes, they conversed for hours, eventually closing the pub down. There was something magic between them, so they arranged to meet again.

Fast forward to June 2022 when Henry asked Laura to marry him while visiting Giant’s Causeway in Antrim. Later, the two celebrated their engagement at the Observatory Bar in the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. Six months later, their winter wedding had finally arrived.

Laura was the picture of classic elegance in her designer Enzoani gown, standing out amongst her beautiful bridesmaids in shimmering silver Maya Deluxe dresses. Henry and his groomsmen wore Bond Brothers suits and black bow ties.

The ceremony at Ballintubber Abbey was filled with beautiful music. Brothers, sisters, best friends – all would lend their talents to serenade Henry and Laura throughout the ceremony. Green and white florals abounded, in the bouquets, archways and down the aisle. When all tied together, the ambiance was a perfect old-world charm meets winder wonderland – much to Laura and Henry’s delight.

Loved ones were thrilled to gather and celebrate with Laura and Henry on their wedding day. The couple truly cherishes their family and friends, so it was a priority to acknowledge how blessed they felt by each individual attending. It was also important to the couple that everyone had a great time! After the ceremony, a T2 Coffee Van kept everyone cozy and caffeinated. It was just what everyone needed before beginning the next celebration at Westport House!

The transition from ceremony to after party was breathtaking. Fireworks sparkled down the path as guests walked to the wedding banquet where they were met with a sparking silver venue, crushed velvet linens, a dancefloor with a candle lit backdrop and gleaming disco balls. Throughout dinner and into the after party, two bands entertained the wedding guests.

Laura changed into her very favourite second dress from Marchesa for Pronovias once it was time for the first dance and the after party was in full swing. (It was quite an undertaking to find this particular gown, but Laura had fallen head over heels for it when she spotted it in a wedding magazine.) Hundreds of candles cast an ethereal glow as the two shared their first dance. Highlighting a particularly special trip to the west coast of The United States, the couple chose Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song “Shallow”.

After the ceremony wrapped up, the couple reflected on the day. Their advice? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s best to relax, enjoy the ride, and try to remember every moment.

Check out more of Lauren and Henry’s Westport House Wedding here!

Slán go Fóill,


Design and Planning: Tara Fay Events | Ceremony: Ballintubber Abbey | Reception: Westport House | Photography: Wonder & Magic | Marquee: Eventus Marquee | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Bridal Boutique: Brummell & Co. | Second Wedding Dress: Marchesa for Pronovias | Bridal Boutique: Bellasposa Bridal | Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom’s Suit: Bond Brothers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Maya Deluxe | Groomsmen Suits: Bond Brothers | Flower Girl Dresses: Dunnes Stores | Boutique: Nigel Rayment Boutique London | Stationary: Till Dawn Dear | Calligraphy: Sarah O’Dea | Flowers: The Garden Powerscourt | Cake: Sugar Kick | Makeup: Ann-Marie Hughes | Hair: Erica and Angela at LS Hair | Wedding Rings: Appleby’s | Ceremony Music: Richard Hughes | Singers: Eilis Dexter and Adam Cahill | Dinner Music: Manila Strings | Band & DJ: Spring Break | Linens & Chairs: Total Event Rental | Staging & Lighting: Gorilla Design | Coffee Van: T2 Coffee Van | Fireworks & Pyrotechnics: Pains Fireworks | Videographer: White Phoenix Weddings